Cholera outbreak issued in Kenya


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The Kenya Ministry of Health I issued a communiqué to all the district health directors regarding the outbreak of cholera in several countries on 19 October.

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The first cases of Vibrio cholerae -01 Ogawa serotype were detected after a wedding festival held in Limuru sub-county, Kiambu province on October 8, 2022. Additional cases were linked to another job who was helping on October 29, 2022 along the Kiambu route. The start date for the first cases is October 8. Since then, the outbreak has spread to other countries.

Nine counties have been affected: Garissa, Kajiado, Kiambu, Machakos, Meru, Muranga, Nakuru, Nairobi and Osin Gisho. The outbreak is currently active in seven prefectures and has been brought under control in Nakuru and Osen Gishu prefectures.

As of 13 November 2022, a total of 568 cases have been reported to date with 281 confirmed cases (48 by transplantation, 233 by rapid diagnostic test) and 15 deaths (CFR = 2.6%), According to the World Health Organization.

This is the second reported cholera outbreak in about a month this year in Kenya. Some counties such as Nairobi and Kiambu were also affected by previous cholera outbreaks and the possible epidemiological link between the two outbreaks needs to be investigated.

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